are they cheating me for half the profit --whats the real deal--
it depends how long is the delivery chain
i pick berries, clean then, i put into packages and freeze them. When I go to my city home to Helsinki, I transport berries to customers home door.
I get 7 euros /kg . In supermarket freezened berry is 10 euros/kg
lets look my neighbour who has actually strawberry farm. Woods are full of billberries more or less, and farmes family sells all berries on market place . Market place price varries as fresh .
It may be 10-14 euros/kg.
When folks do not need any more berries, they sell the rest to wholesale.
Wholesale price is 3 euros/kg in cleaned berries.
Berries with rubbish may be 220 E/kg.
Like here it is 1,5 car driving to wholesale. He has there packing systems, freezehouses and delivering to supermarkets.
.so I handle the whole chain and I get the end price.customers are happy when they know what they get.
On market place sellers mix old and new berries. Quality is a secret question. Then berries may stand in picker's store too.
When billberry stands 4 days, you cannot eate it any more. It gets an unpleasant flavour.
Cowberry may stand 7 days and it is ok.
Strawberry may stand some hours and then it is spoiled.